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Emergency Supply Kit

The US Department of Homeland Security maintains a public service website called Ready America which helps families prepare for emergencies. Among the many useful publications included is the following list of supplies every family should keep on hand in case of an emergency:

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Radio segment discussing how families can be ready for disasters: http://blogs.upstate.edu/healthlinkonair/2016/11/11/expert-advises-how-families-can-be-ready-for-disasters/

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Emergency preparedness content provided by FEMA's Ready Campaign.

First Aid Kit

first aid kit

The New York State Department of Health also maintains an Emergency Preparedness and Response website with helpful information individuals and families such as the following list of what to include in a First Aid Kit and tips for staying healthy in cold and hot weather. Include the following items in your First Aid Kit:

  • First aid manual
  • Assortment of sterile adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Over-the-counter drugs (aspirin, anti-diarrheal medication, activated charcoal, syrup of ipecac)
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Soap
  • Latex gloves
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue depressors
  • Tweezers, needles